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Elizabeth Pratt

Elizabeth Pratt is a medical journalist and producer. Her work has appeared on Healthline, The Huffington Post, Fox News, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au, Escape, The Cusp and Skyscanner. You can read more of her articles here. Or learn more about Elizabeth and contact her via her LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.


January 18, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

telehealth

COVID-19 Made Mental Health Appointments Virtual, Many Patients Want It To Stay That Way

January 18, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

telehealth
A year ago, trying to get patients at Michigan Medicine to agree to telehealth for their mental health appointments was a challenge. The academic medical centre associated with the University of Michigan had only 26 video appointments in a six month period compared with 30 thousand in person visits. COVID-19 changed all that. [More]

December 27, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

a teen mirror

Dislike Of Appearance In Teen Years Predictive of Depression Later in Life

December 27, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

a teen mirror
Teenagers who are unhappy with how they look have a significantly heightened risk of depression by adulthood. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers found the increased risk of depression ranged from 50 per cent to 285 per cent, with boys being more likely to experience severe depression than their female peers. [More]

November 30, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

an isolation

Desire For Social Contact Similar In Brain To Food Cravings

November 30, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

an isolation
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have experienced feelings of social isolation. For some, interaction with others has been confined to a zoom call, for others there hasn’t been any interaction at all. Now, researchers at MIT have found that the longing for social interaction felt whilst isolated is neurologically similar to that for food cravings when hungry. [More]

November 24, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

a social media user

How Social Media Is Used Determines Impact On Wellbeing

November 24, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

a social media user
When it comes to overall wellbeing, how a person uses social media could have a significant impact. In a study from The University of British Columbia, Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of teaching in psychology examined the use of three popular social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to see how the use of the platforms impacted the overall wellbeing of a person. [More]

November 6, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

atrumpbiden

Mental Health Decline Possible For Those In States That Back Losing Nominee in Election

November 6, 2020 13:49 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

atrumpbiden
Americans living in a state that favours the losing candidate of the US Presidential election might experience a decline in their mental health. A study from researchers at UC San Francisco and Duke University used data from 500 thousand people during the 2016 Presidential election to examine mental health indicators. Americans who lived in states that favoured Hillary Clinton experienced an extra half-day of poor mental health on average during the month after the election. [More]

October 31, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

an oxytocin

The "Love Hormone" Oxytocin Can Cause Antisocial Behavior

October 31, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

an oxytocin
The “love hormone” oxytocin can occasionally have anti-social effects depending on where in the brain it is created. Oxytocin, a hormone that can regulate prosocial behaviors like trust, bonding and empathy has also been demonstrated to play a role in anti-social behaviors like envy, anxiety and reduction in cooperation. How the hormone could have such opposing roles has long remained a mystery, but researchers from UC Davis have uncovered how this might happen. [More]